June/July 2014

Features

10 Myths Busted

Whether you’re just starting the gluten-free diet or you’ve been gluten-free for a while, you’ve likely heard a lot about this special diet, not all of it reliable. Questionable posts on the Internet and dubious advice from well-meaning friends aren’t helpful and may even cause harm. We asked leading experts to refute some of the most prevalent myths out there. We know you’ve heard them. So here’s the truth—the real deal—about going gluten free.   More...

Stock Your Pantry

Summer and crispy, crunchy snacks go together. So we headed to the local grocery store and grabbed four bags of munchies off the shelf. The products we selected were clearly labeled “gluten-free” and they offered some sort of nutritional benefit. These items aren’t your usual junk food. They contain surprise ingredients, like veggies, beans, sweet potatoes and plantains, which you won’t find in any ordinary bag of chips.   More...

The Big Squeeze

Subscribers Only — Juicing is a convenient, efficient and delicious way to nail your daily quota of vegetables and fruit. In just one glass, you instantly get a concentrated shot of potent disease-fighting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There’s something oh-so refreshing about just-made juice that makes every glassful taste like a treat. Bonus: Juices are an ideal way to use up a glut of items in your crisper before they go bad. The possible combinations of ingredients are virtually endless. Follow these tips to get the most out of your gluten-free juicing experience.   More...

Tools of the Trade

Subscribers Only — There are generally three types of juicers—hydraulic, masticating and centrifugal. The granddaddy of juicers, hydraulic machines first crush the items and then squeeze them to maximize liquid yield and minimize pulp waste. Their lofty price means most of these machines are used in commercial settings.   More...

Whole-Grain Summer Salads

Subscribers Only — Salads are a great go-to dish in the heat. Bright, fresh and fruity flavors at lunch can rejuvenate you mid-day. Salads are a delicious option for a light dinner, as well. You can eat your fill without feeling weighed down. Gluten-free whole grains—quinoa, teff, millet and wild rice—star in these summer salads. These fiber-filled grains help stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you satisfied until your next meal. Yes, you can feel full from a well-balanced salad.   More...

Sea Vegetables

Subscribers Only — While we might not blink while eating sushi rolls neatly bundled in a nori seaweed wrapper, the idea of eating vegetables from the ocean can strike us as strange. Yet sea vegetables are rich in nutrients and health benefits, as well as in savory flavor. From arame to wakame, there are over 11,500 different types of sea vegetables, also called seaweed or sea algae. The unique taste of sea vegetables falls into a category of flavors called umami, a Japanese word for the savory fifth taste (along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty). Translated, it means “delicious.” Umami foods contain high levels of naturally occurring glutamate, an amino acid found in protein-containing foods that’s vital for healthy metabolism and brain function. Glutamate helps produce the savory flavor in foods.   More...

Incredible Brew

Subscribers Only — Beer can add wonderful seasoning to nearly any dish and lend lightness to baked goods. Use it as a marinade, a basting sauce and a flavorful alternative for liquid in your recipes. The alcohol evaporates with heat, leaving only beer’s unique aroma and piquant flavor behind. Making bread with gluten-free beer is a remarkable thing. Beer’s carbonation helps give the loaf an airy texture. Its tang adds a layer of complexity to the bread’s flavor that can’t be pinned to a beer taste, taking the loaf to a new level.   More...

Visit Indy!

With small-town charm and big-city options, Indianapolis has something for everyone. Whether you like outdoorsy activities or you’re a “shop ‘til you drop” day-tripper or you enjoy learning about art, history, flora and fauna—there is something special in Indy for you. We’ve outlined several Indy-style experiences with fun and worthwhile sites to see, as well as places to eat gluten-free.   More...

Heritage Wheat

Subscribers Only — Recently at a nutrition training session for psychotherapists, I was outlining the neurological and psychological symptoms associated with non-celiac gluten sensitivity when a debate erupted in the audience. One therapist reported increasing numbers of her clients were taking gluten out of their diets and feeling better. A few audience members nodded their heads in agreement. Then a clinician in the front row crossed her arms over her chest and bellowed, “Isn’t this whole gluten-free movement just another dietary fad?”   More...

Gluten & Schizophrenia

Subscribers Only — Mary began a gluten-free diet soon after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. The antipsychotic medications caused rapid weight gain, a common side effect, so the college freshman decided to cut out gluten and reduce other carbs to shed some pounds. She was managing her disease fairly well—the frightening voices telling her to kill herself had stopped—until she veered off her diet during a semester abroad. She developed insomnia, agitation, disorganized thinking and was hospitalized. After being discharged (with her medication regimen tweaked), Mary resumed a strict gluten-free diet.   More...

For Men Only

Subscribers Only — For most men, shaving is a daily ritual, so why not make it as pleasant and soothing as possible by using products with all-natural ingredients? The same goes for heavy-duty hand soap to bust up grime and treatment for athlete’s foot to effectively stave off fungus and bacteria. These DIY products are made with all-natural ingredients that do the job while promoting healthy skin. Created for the man in your life, especially if he has allergies and sensitive skin, they make welcome gifts for Father’s Day—and any day.   More...

4th of July Barbecue

Independence Day is the perfect excuse to throw an outdoor dinner party. My husband and I entertain friends in our yard, which is fragrant with the herbs I use to flavor our meal. Mint, thyme, rosemary and basil flourish in huge pots that beautify the dining area and perfume the air while we eat. We celebrate the 4th with a gluten-free menu that celebrates summer produce. The meal features chicken in a sweet and piquant sauce that’s seasoned with rosemary, grilled corn on the cob that’s brushed with a spicy chipotle baste and a stunning quinoa, kale and cherry tomato salad that’s topped with sliced avocados.   More...

Life Story

Kristin Lehman

Subscribers Only — Kristin Lehman, who trained classically at Canada’s Royal Academy of Dance, would have been a dancer had an ankle injury not sidelined her. Looking around for a different venue, she saw acting as a natural segue. Born in Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Lehman now lives and works in Canada. Known to audiences in both Canada and the United States, the 42-year-old actress has played recurring roles in Felicity, Judging Amy and other television dramas. She was critically lauded for her role in the murder mystery The Killing and now stars in CTV television dramatic crime series, Motive. She’s recently completed two films, including Toronto Film Festival favorite, Arthur Newman. Lehman takes great pride in being a hands-on mom. For the past few years, her priority has been raising her 4-year-old son, Sam, with husband and fellow actor, Adam Reed. Recently, Lehman sat down with Gluten Free & More to talk about her special-diet lifestyle.   More...

Lifestyle Q&A - Paranoid About My Popovers

Subscribers Only — My friends dine together frequently—birthdays, holidays, dinner parties—and I always bring gluten-free bread or dessert since I’m gluten sensitive. I think I’m a pretty good baker and my friends always say how great my stuff is. But I wonder if they’re just being nice. I’d much rather be eating normal food so certainly they would, too. It’s occurred to me that everyone is gagging behind my back.   More...

House Call

Research Roundup: Quinoa is OK, Bad Reactions, Refractory Celiac Is Rare & More!

Super-nutritious quinoa is a staple for many on the gluten-free diet. A seed (not a grain), quinoa differs biologically from gluten-containing grains (wheat, barley and rye) but there’s been little data describing the gastrointestinal effects of eating quinoa for those with celiac disease. A study published in January in the American Journal of Gastroenterology determined that quinoa is not harmful. In fact, among study participants, all of whom had celiac, there was a trend toward improved small bowel health after quinoa consumption (about ¼ cup daily for six weeks). Eating quinoa also had a mild choles-terol-lowering effect, a heart-healthy benefit.   More...

Try it

Living Without's Favorites: Best Face Forward

Look for a lovelier you with Lovely Lady, a line of organic and eco-friendly face, hair and body products—all gluten-free. Founded by a former model who has celiac disease, handcrafted Lovely Lady products use plant-based formulations and pure oils for superior absorption with no preservatives, dyes, artificial fragrances, chemicals, phthalates or parabens.lovelyladyproducts.com, 866-453-4870   More...

Living Without's Favorites: Pure & Simple

Simple Mills offers a trio of gluten-free muffin mixes that are super-nutritious, fluffy, moist—and delightful. Spicy pumpkin, mellow banana and divine chocolate muffins are a great way to start the day or enjoy as a snack whenever hunger hits. These grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and non-GMO baked goods contain a short list of simple, nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory ingredients. (Instructions are provided for replacing eggs for those with egg allergy.)   More...

Living Without's Favorites: A Grand Canyon

Just like you, we’re always on a quest for delicious gluten-free bread. Good news! Load up the breadbox. Canyon Bakehouse introduces soft, airy, whole-grain breads. Their 7-grain loaf contains sorghum, teff, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and brown rice flour. Each slice is substantial yet soft, with a hint of sweetness. Canyon Bakehouse also offers deli rye-style bread, rosemary & thyme focaccia, hamburger buns and hot dog buns. All are free of gluten, dairy, nuts and soy.   More...

Living Without's Favorites: A Balanced Belly

NextFood’s GoodBelly is a beverage source of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, a probiotic strain that research trials suggest aids the gut and promotes robust digestive health. Always dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, natural and organic, now four new GoodBelly flavors are certified gluten-free—Carrot Ginger, Coconut Water, Tropical Orange and Pink Grapefruit. (Other flavors contain barley malt.) Here’s an easy, delicious way to guzzle down health-enhancing probiotics.   More...

Read it

Living Without's Favorite Books: Celebrate Pasta

Are you missing fresh pasta? Robin Asbell has you covered in Gluten-Free Pasta (Running Press.) This book is chock-full of everything you ever wanted to know about gluten-free noodles, including how to create authentic-tasting pasta from everyday veggies. Although Asbell delves into commercial brands (fresh and frozen, based on ingredient—rice, corn, buckwheat, quinoa), she presents convincing arguments for making your own homemade pasta. These tempting recipes are the book’s real treasure: spaetzel, gnocchi, lasagna, ravioli—and much more.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Easy Does It

Gluten-Free, Hassle Free (Demos Health, 2nd edition) by Marlisa Brown covers all aspects of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. A registered dietitian and chef, Brown gives you strategies to convert your favorite foods into gluten-free fare. The book includes shopping lists of safe foods, tips for entertaining, hints for kid-related events, instructions on reading labels and, of course, delicious and nutritious recipes (over 140 of them). A great resource for gluten-free newbies and old-timers alike.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: Learning to Live Again

With gluten-free hitting mainstream, it’s tempting to think that every celiac diagnosis now comes lickety-split. Unfortunately, that often doesn’t happen. Actor Jennifer Esposito details her arduous journey to health in Jennifer’s Way (Da Capo Press). This is a story of hope. A young woman courageously slogs through years of mysterious, debilitating ailments (including paralyzing anxiety) before discovering she has celiac disease, a diagnosis that radically changes the direction of her life. This book is a page-turner. Esposito, an inspiration.   More...

Living Without's Favorite Books: No-Fuss Paleo

Quick and Easy Paleo Comfort Foods (Harlequin) by Julie and Charles Mayfield features 100-plus gluten-free recipes and 30-minute meal ideas. All recipes contain Paleo-friendly ingredients—proteins, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables. Nothing exotic. You’ll have almost everything you need in your pantry. The Mayfields show you how to make tasty dishes that are heavy with nutrients but light on the stress. This is fuss-free gluten-free.   More...

Food for Thought

My Gluten Radar

Subscribers Only — I have a sixth sense about gluten. I call it my gluten radar. It warns me when I’m getting too close to this dangerous protein and keeps me on the road to good health. I’ve lost track of the number of times it has rescued me from a near collision with gluten. The time I spied a hostess unearthing an open box of rice crackers that shared a zip-top baggie with wheat crackers. The sandwiches prepared where my deli meat was being sliced. The wayward strand of spaghetti in my string beans. The errant crouton in my salad.   More...

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